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Veracity vs. ‘The Da Vinci Code’

April E. ClarkPost Independent Staff

Pastor Brett Horvath loves a thrilling, fast-paced movie.That’s why he thinks “The Da Vinci Code” is a great film. But he doesn’t agree with the movie and novel’s premise.”I went to the movie with an open mind,” said Horvath, director of outreach and evangelism with Trinity Baptist Church in Glenwood Springs. “I thought the book was obviously more involved. I found the book to be a fast read, but historically inaccurate. It’s a conspiracy theory.”Horvath is hoping to clear up any misconceptions readers and movie-goers might have by leading the “Da Vinci Deception: Seek the Truth” forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Lem Harr, Trinity Baptist senior pastor, will join him during the open discussion.”I think the book is fiction, but I also think it’s dangerous because he uses things in the movie that are real, and people don’t know if it’s real,” Horvath said. “They might not know where to sift out the truth.”The Sony Pictures film based on the best-selling novel of the same name caused international controversy even before its release Friday. Many religious groups believe “The Da Vinci Code” is anti-Christian.”This book is not anti-anything. It’s a novel. I wrote this story in an effort to explore certain aspects of Christian history that interest me. The vast majority of devout Christians understand this fact and consider ‘The Da Vinci Code’ an entertaining story that promotes spiritual discussion and debate, ” said the book’s author, Dan Brown, on his Web site. “The opposition generally comes from the strictest Christian thinkers who feel the idea of a ‘married Jesus’ serves to undermine His divinity. While I don’t agree with this interpretation, this is immaterial because the dialogue itself is a deeply empowering and positive force for everyone involved.”For the last two years, Horvath has led discussions in community forums and on college campuses about “The Da Vinci Code.” He mostly receives positive reaction from those wanting to talk about the book – and now the movie.”People want to discuss what they’ve found to be true and why,” Horvath said. “We’re all in a quest in what we believe, whether we’re atheists, Muslims, Christians. People will have questions that might not get answered. The truth is knowable. That’s one of the beliefs I stand on – the truth is knowable.”Wednesday’s forum is a precursor to a summer schedule of forums on “The Da Vinci Code” taking place from 7-8:30 p.m. every Friday at the Two Rivers Park pavilion.”This is actually a launch for discussions we’re having next Friday (June 2) and every Friday after that for 10 weeks,” Horvath said. “It will be called ‘The Grill’ – a double entendre because we’ll have food and open discussion with people who have studied it.”Horvath invites people of all faiths and walks of life to join Wednesday’s forum and the upcoming discussions in the park.”One of the things I want people to know is this is a nonconfrontational discussion. My ultimate goal is to defend the Christian faith where it obviously needs to be defended,” Horvath said. “Why can’t we be nice and talk about it? Whenever it comes to matters of eternal consequences, people become very passionate. I hope this is a time of passionate discussion.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com

What: Da Vinci Deception: Seek the Truth open discussion and forum Where: Glenwood Springs Community Center When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Sponsored by: Trinity Baptist Church


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